LSM Classroom Music

Music Theory                                     
Level 2/Grades 9,10,11,12
Credits: .50/Half-Year

Music Theory is such that students will grasp a practical application of musical composition.  The emphasis will be on the fundamentals of composition as they relate to scales, chords, intervals, and four-part writing.  Ear training will play a large role in this course, and students will learn to take musical dictation.  Sight singing will also be studied.  This course is for experienced musicians and can only be taken with permission of the instructor.  An interview with the instructor may be required. Regular and on-going evaluation of the students’ progress will be monitored by research projects and written tests.


Song Writing
                                                 
Level 2/Grades 9,10,11,12
Credits: .50/Half-Year

Song Writing is designed for the student who has ever wondered about the process that takes a song from an artist’s inspiration to a finished product in the iTunes music store. This course is designed to bring together knowledge of the Western Musical Tradition with the concepts and skills needed to create and produce new music. Students will be involved in the writing and recording of songs, and will work to incorporate key elements of our musical history and heritage into new musical expressions. Song Writing is open to all students regardless of previous music background.


Recording Technology
                                  
Level 2/Grades 9,10,11,12
Credits: .50/Half-Year

Recording Technology is designed to introduce students to the techniques and knowledge required in the creation and running of modern day sound systems and studios.  Topics covered will include microphone types and placement, mixers, amplifiers and speakers, and an introduction to digital workstation software used in the creation of multi-track recordings.  Students will be involved both at the theoretical and practical levels as they design, assemble and run actual sound systems, and set up and run multi-track recording sessions.  Opportunities will be available for students to apply their knowledge in “real world” settings and to produce finished recording projects of student and school groups.  Regular and on-going evaluation of the students’ progress will be done through class work and homework assignments, practical demonstrations of knowledge, and written tests and projects.

Electronic Music
                               
Level 2/Grades 9,10,11,12
Credits
: .50/Half-Year


Electronic Music is designed to introduce students to the technologies and techniques involved in the creation of electronic music.  Topics covered will include sampling, looping, editing, MIDI, and the theory behind how music is created and synthesized digitally.  Students will be involved in the creation of original compositions and will have opportunities to share their work with others.  Regular and on-going evaluation of the students’ progress will be done through class work and homework assignments, practical demonstrations of knowledge, and written tests and projects.